Erwin J. “Erv” Hendrikse, 90, of Oostburg, was lifted up into eternity Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, after a brief stay at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice Center.

Erv was born July 26, 1923, to Anthony and Delia (Dirkse) Hendrikse in the town of Holland. He attended Oostburg Grade School and graduated from Oostburg High School in 1941 as valedictorian of his class. All through his young life and after graduation, he worked on his father’s farm, helping deliver milk in glass milk bottles pulled by a horse-drawn delivery wagon to the village of Oostburg.

In July of 1945, he joined the U.S. Army where he received basic training at Fort Hood in Texas. He was then transferred to Nuremberg, Germany where the German War Crimes were being held. At the 124th Army Postal Unit, he served as an Army postal clerk with the rank of sergeant. He returned to the United States and was discharged Jan. 11, 1947.

On June 30, 1949, he married Margaret VanEss at Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Oostburg. Together they have five children: Mary (Larry) VanArendonk of Pella, Iowa; Carol (Michael) Eischen of Columbus, Ohio; Steve (Susan) Hendrikse of Oostburg; Chris (James) Hoeflich of Carpentersville, Ill., and Scott (Anne) Hendrikse of Sheboygan.

He is survived by Margaret, his five children, 15 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren; one brother, Richard (Jean) Hendrikse of Oostburg; five sisters-in-law: Annette Hendrikse, Donna VanEss, Helen VanEss and Lenore LeMahieu, all of Oostburg, and Nelda VanEss of Sheboygan Falls; and two brothers-in-law, Peter Koskamp of Independence, Iowa, and Lloyd VanEss of Plymouth.

Erv was preceded in death by two grandchildren, John and Rebecca Hendrikse; three sisters, Nelda (Earl) Walvoord, Anna Koskamp and Wilma (Jim) Droge; and two brothers, Peter Hendrikse and John (Eunice) Hendrikse.

Erv was appointed as postmaster in Oostburg on April 8, 1952, and served the public for 33 years, retiring in July of 1985. Erv greatly enjoyed the work of the Post Office and even more so enjoyed the many interactions of the Public as they utilized the postal service in Oostburg.

Erv attended services and participated in the church life as a lifelong member of the Oostburg Christian Reformed Church, where he served many years as both elder and deacon. Erv was a firm believer of Christian Education and great supporter of Oostburg Christian School and at Sheboygan County Christian High School where he served on the school boards for many years.

Erv was also very civic-minded, and volunteered many hours with the Oostburg Business Men Association and participated in the activities of the American Legion Post 286.

Erv loved his family, and the time he could spend with them was very valuable to him. He attended all of his children’s athletic and school events and later in life enjoyed the same events as a fan of his grandchildren’s events. Erv greatly enjoyed time with his bride of 64 years, Margaret, as they traveled the United States together to see their children and grandchildren, tours and volunteering for various causes.

A funeral to celebrate Erv’s life took place at the First Christian Reformed Church in Oostburg on Monday morning, Aug. 12, with the Rev. Tom Pettinga officiating. Burial and military honors took place at the Hingham Cemetery in the town of Lima.

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A memorial fund is being established for Oostburg Christian School and Sheboygan County Christian High School.

The Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the Hendrikse family.

Erv loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and now his family can let him go knowing that he is at peace and free from the pain of this world. His family greatly appreciates the last few days of life and the compassion and care Sharon S. Richardson Hospice provided him and his family at the end of his life. Erv’s family also appreciated the care and support of Pine Haven Christian Communities, Pastor Tom Pettinga, and the far too numerous to name friends, neighbors, and relatives who came by his and Margaret’s side through the last few months of his life.

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